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August 13, 2013EASY STAR WELCOMES PASSAFIRE TO THE FAMILY
"Easy Star is very excited to add another great band to its growing roster: Savannah, Georgia’s Passafire is the latest addition to the family.
Passafire will release its fifth studio album, VINES, on November 12. The record is currently being mixed by Paul Leary (Sublime, Pepper, U2. Slightly Stoopid) who also worked with the band on their last album.
“Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star’s sound and style,” says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. “They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them.”
For their part, the band is excited to join the venerable label. Ted Bowne, lead singer/guitarist, says that they used to drive for hours to see bands like John Brown’s Body and Easy Star All-Stars, and that Easy Star always represented the finest bands and music in the genre. “We always pushed ourselves harder, seeing what Easy Star and the bands on the label were doing.”
Passafire has built a strong and growing following since forming in 2003 through the release of acclaimed albums and relentless touring. They have hit the road with 311, Rebelution, Pepper, The Expendables, Vans Warped Tour, The Wailers, The Green, John Brown's Body, and of course, Easy Star All-Stars.
Now that they have teamed up together, Passafire and Easy Star Records are ready to take things to the next level. " More info »
July 18, 2013PRE-ORDER HAWAI'I '13 BY THE GREEN
"Hawaii’s The Green are back with their anticipated new album, HAWAI'I '13, set for worldwide release on August 20 through Easy Star Records. HAWAI'I '13 is the band’s third studio album and was recorded and mixed with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson) mainly in Costa Mesa, CA, at Hurley Studios.
Starting July 16, HAWAI'I '13 is available for digital pre-order on iTunes. The CD and vinyl (please note the vinyl ships September 17) pre-order is available through the Easy Star Records web store, where fans can also add in newly designed Green tank tops for men or women. First week (7/16-7/23) pre-orders will also receive a 25% discount through the web store.
“The talent and creativity coming out of the band is getting stronger by the minute and the new album captures this growth beautifully” says Easy Star Records Co-Founder Eric Smith.
The first single off the new album - “Take Me On” - is already receiving heavy commercial radio airplay in Hawaii and is currently charting #3 on Oahu’s Island 98.5 FM.
HAWAI'I '13, recorded in February and March 2013, is the first Green album using a dedicated producer/engineer. Kalb, best known for his work with Ben Harper, was introduced to the band by Easy Star Records. Guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson explains, “Danny was one of a few mixing engineers we had on our second album WAYS & MEANS. We were really happy with his work on that project and his overall vibe seemed right so we asked him to be our main guy for this record and the results are pretty magical.” " More info »
July 10, 2013PRE-ORDER PROGRESSIVE ROOTS VOL. 001 LP
"This spring, Easy Star teamed up with Rootfire to put together a limited edition vinyl release showcasing bands that were appearing at the 2013 California Roots Music & Arts Festival. The LP, of which only 1,000 will ever be pressed, features songs by The Green, Slightly Stoopid, Katchafire, Natural Vibrations, New Kingston, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Stick Figure, Dub Trio, Stranger, Three Legged Fox and Kings & Comrades. The record officially comes out July 16, but you can pre-order it through July 10 at: " More info »
June 28, 2013NEW MUSIC VIDEO! CAS HALEY'S "LA DAH"
"Check out Cas Haley's new music video for 'La Dah'! " More info »
May 28, 2013CAS HALEY'S LA SI DAH ALBUM OUT TODAY
"The new album by Cas Haley is available now in stores!
Get it one of the following ways:
iTunes Digital Download
Amazon - Physical CD
Easy Star Web Store - Physical CD
Or ask for it at your local record store.
A couple early quotes:
"...Rich with melody and soul. Sam Cooke would eat this album up!" - Angelica Music
"Haley’s airy tenor, facility with both acoustic guitar and ukulele, and willingness to throw the occasional curveball are endearing." - DFW.com
"...a record that balances the energy of frisky pop and the salutary power of Reggae to revive the spirit..." - Keep Texas Live " More info »
November 20, 2013VINES DEBUTS AT
#1 ON BILLBOARD REGGAE
Passafire’s Vines has debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. Vin… More »
November 11, 2013PASSAFIRE'S VINES
Passafire's VINES - the band's fifth studio album and first on Easy Star Records - is out now, as o… More »
October 02, 2013PRE-ORDER
You can now pre-order VINES, the fifth studio album (and first on Easy Star) by Passafire. Pre-orde… More »
September 25, 2013JBB REVEALS FALL
August 29, 2013HAWAI'I '13 DEBUTS ON
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